management is so pumped up over the advantages presented by its forthcoming Mac operating system that the company has been holding back the release of at least one new Mac refresh until the software is finalized, AppleInsider has learned.
For instance, new Thunderbolt-enabled Sandy Bridge models expected to go into production this month have been ready and waiting for some time, according to people familiar with the matter. But management is currently unwilling to usher the new models into the market with the current Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard operating system.
Apple has already announced that Lion will be available in July for a price tag of only $29.99. Sandy Bridge and Thunderbolt updates are expected for the MacBook Air, Mac Pro, and Mac Mini in the coming months.